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Art History from Home: Technology and Fantasy
This series of online talks asks the Whitney’s Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows to highlight select works in the Museum's collection to illuminate critical topics in American art from 1900 to the present. During each thirty-minute session, participants are invited to comment and ask questions through a moderated chat for a fifteen-minute Q&A following the talk. Sessions are available live only, but topics and speakers do periodically repeat. Check back here for more sessions added regularly.

In the twenty-first century, we find ourselves in increasingly media-saturated and mediated realities. This session explores how artists such as Cory Arcangel, Nam June Paik, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Laurie Simmons have addressed the changing nature of the self within these experiences. We will consider a range of artistic mediums—from photography to video installations to games—to explore technology’s role in both limiting and generating new kinds of agency for art-makers and viewers alike.

Xin Wang is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a Ph.D. candidate in modern and contemporary art at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, focusing on Soviet hauntology in postmodernism. She has curated and lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her latest writings have appeared in Art in America, Art Agenda, and Mousse. She is currently planning an exhibition that explores Asian Futurisms (afuturism.tumblr.com) for the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City.

Sep 23, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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